Camino Island

Camino Island

eBook - 2017
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After being laid off from her teaching position, Mercer Mann is approached by a mysterious woman with a generous offer to go undercover and infiltrate bookstore owner Bruce Cable's life to learn his secrets.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385543057
0385543050
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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talk2terih
Aug 09, 2018

If Grisham had written Camino Island under a pseudonym, I probably would have found it a mildly enjoyable, lightweight, tale that gives the book industry outsider a glimpse behind the scene. As a long-time bookstore manager, I can attest to the accuracy of much of what Grisham writes about authors and their interactions with each other and with the people who sell their books. That accuracy is the strength of this book.

But this is Grisham, and so much more is expected. Having just read The Rooster Bar, which I thoroughly disliked, I will say that Camino Island was much more enjoyable, for me at least.

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Memawrayne
Jul 25, 2018

It has been years since I have read one of his books. I didn't enjoy it as much and thought it was the author's fault or maybe the reader's fault (age). It seems others weren't as impressed so I haven't lost my mind.

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

Just okay--not one of his usual "can't put down" books. But certainly not his worst (that would be "Skipping Christmas" ...couldn't finish it). 290 pages so a relatively quick read. And almost no lawyers! A NYT book critic put it best: "Grisham takes a vacation from writing Grisham novels"

This is the latest John Grisham novel - but I didn't find it nearly as interesting as his earlier novels - such as The Firm or The Runaway Jury.

plymc_lindsAy Jun 26, 2018

First book I've ever read of Grisham's. I think he has a new fan. I really enjoyed this one.

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20hallben
Apr 29, 2018

He's getting worse with his newer writings

ontherideau Mar 20, 2018

This is cozy crime. Literary commentary amongst the characters who are writers interested me more than the actual crime. The resolution sort of slid into a puddle with little splash.

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kaylenebrady
Feb 08, 2018

Beezbuzz summed it up perfectly. Do not waste your time on this book. Just plain dumb all around.

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21221018293347
Jan 19, 2018

I borrowed this book for a second time, forgetting that I had started it once before and didn't like it. I still don't like it. It is not up to the usual standard set by Grisham's early books. Sycamore Row was another less than the usual standard.

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vdbarry
Jan 15, 2018

Just struggled through Camino Island and what a chore it was; certainly not what I've come to expect from Grisham's earlier works. It's way too wordy and the plot is beyond belief. He needs to go back to what he does best.

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Sep 25, 2017

Only 9 quotes in goodreads. Here are a few more:

“I did manage to ditch my prologue, add quotation marks to my dialogue, take out the big words, and I would have cut some more but there’s not enough to cut.”
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I learned with my first novel that writing books is far easier than selling them.
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Writers are generally split into two camps: those who carefully outline their stories and know the ending before they begin, and those who refuse to do so upon the theory that once a character is created he or she will do something interesting.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2017

Deep in the Left Bank of Paris, in the heart of the 6th arrondissement on Rue St.-Sulpice, Monsieur Gaston Chappelle ran a tidy little bookshop that had changed little in twenty-eight years. Such stores are scattered throughout the center of the city, each with a different specialty. Monsieur Chappelle’s was rare French, Spanish, and American novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Two doors down, a friend dealt only in ancient maps and atlases. Around the corner, another traded in old prints and letters written by historic figures.

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